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The Best Grill Pan for Your Stove Top - Cast Iron & Nonstick Pans Reviewed


A quality grill pan lets you bring your grilling and searing skills indoor. Prepare juicy steaks, fish, veggies and more on your stovetop - even on a rainy day outside.

It’s not an easy choice to decide which model you should get. Many argue in favor of cast iron while others swear on nonstick models instead. (1) You can go for a deep pan, or a flat griddle, ridged or smooth surface of can even go Korean-style.

10 Top-Rated Grill Pans Reviewed

In this article, we will go over what to look for when buying a new grill pan as well as the best type of design and materials that will best suit your needs. We will cover ten models that are currently available on the market in a variety of styles and price categories.

*We select and review all products independently, based on our opinion and customer feedback. Some links on this page are affiliate links and if you make a purchase we may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. You can read more info on our disclaimer page.

Best square grill pan

Cuisinart Green Gourmet Nonstick Square Grill Pan

- Base material: hard-anodized aluminum
- Interior: Ceramica nonstick
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top

Our Rating

9.0

#2

Cuisinel Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Grill Pan with Lid

- Base material: cast iron
- Interior: cast iron
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

9.2

Best budget

Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Grill Pan

- Base material: cast iron
- Interior: cast iron
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

8.8

Most durable

Gourmex Toughpan Heavy Duty Induction-Ready Grill Pan

- Base: cast aluminum w. magnetized plate
- Interior: Titanium nonstick
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top, inducton

Our Rating

9.3

Best flat griddle

Lodge Pro Grid Reversible Cast Iron Griddle

- Base material: cast iron
- Interior: cast iron
- Cooktops: all indoor stoves, grill/campfire

Our Rating

9.4

Best Korean style

TECHEF Stovetop Korean BBQ Nonstick Grill Pan

- Base material: cast aluminum
- Interior: new Teflon
- Cooktops: special gas stove

Our Rating

9.4

#7

Cuisinart Chef's Classic Nonstick Hard Anodized Grill Pan

- Base material: hard-anodized aluminum
- Interior: Quantanium non-stick
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top

Our Rating

8.7

#8

Legend Reversible Cast Iron Griddle 

- Base material: cast iron
- Interior: cast iron
- Cooktops: all indoor stoves, grill/campfire

Our Rating

9.2

Healthy choice

GreenPan Valencia Pro Ceramic Nonstick Grill Pan

- Base: magnetized hard-anodized aluminum
- Interior: Thermolon ceramic nonstick
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

9.4

#10

Vremi Cast Iron Nonstick Square Grilling Pan

- Base material: cast iron
- Interior: cast iron
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

8.0

Best square grill pan

Cuisinart Green Gourmet Nonstick Square Grill Pan

- Base material: hard-anodized aluminum
- Interior: Ceramica nonstick
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top

Our Rating

9.0

#2

Cuisinel Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Grill Pan with Lid

- Base material: cast iron
- Interior: cast iron
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

9.2

Best budget

Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Grill Pan

- Base material: cast iron
- Interior: cast iron
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

8.8

Most durable

Gourmex Toughpan Heavy Duty Induction-Ready Grill Pan

- Base: cast aluminum w. magnetized plate
- Interior: Titanium nonstick
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top, inducton

Our Rating

9.3

Best flat griddle

Lodge Pro Grid Reversible Cast Iron Griddle

- Base material: cast iron
- Interior: cast iron
- Cooktops: all indoor stoves, grill/campfire

Our Rating

9.4

Best Korean style

TECHEF Stovetop Korean BBQ Nonstick Grill Pan

- Base material: cast aluminum
- Interior: new Teflon
- Cooktops: special gas stove

Our Rating

9.4

#7

Cuisinart Chef's Classic Nonstick Hard Anodized Grill Pan

- Base material: hard-anodized aluminum
- Interior: Quantanium non-stick
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top

Our Rating

8.7

#8

Legend Reversible Cast Iron Griddle

- Base material: cast iron
- Interior: cast iron
- Cooktops: all indoor stoves, grill/campfire

Our Rating

9.2

Healthy choice

GreenPan Valencia Pro Ceramic Nonstick Grill Pan

- Base: magnetized hard-anodized aluminum
- Interior: Thermolon ceramic nonstick
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

9.4

#10

Vremi Cast Iron Nonstick Square Grilling Pan

- Base material: cast iron
- Interior: cast iron
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

8.0

Cuisinart Green Gourmet Nonstick Square Grill Pan

Design:

The Green Gourmet Pan from Cuisinart is a square grill pan with a cooking surface that is 11 inches wide. A black interior cooking surface, which has horizontal grill lines running across, and a black exterior that is smooth give the pan a strong and sturdy look.

The lightweight nature of this pan, which is only 2.84 pounds, also makes it easy to cook with because it does not tire your arms.

Materials:

Hard-anodized aluminum makes up the pan's body with the cooking surface being coated with ceramic non-stick coating. Its shiny ergonomic handles are made of stainless steel and are efficient in dissipating heat, thus ensuring they remain cool to the touch even after using the pan for a long time on a heat source.

You can use the grill pan over common heat sources at home apart from induction heaters that cannot heat up the aluminum core.

Usability:

The griddle pan delivers well in the kitchen with the ceramic-coated non-stick surface that is easy to clean and is free from PTFE and PFOA toxins. Additional grill lines on the cooking surface will reduce the amount of cooking oil you need while cooking.

It also has a smooth and easy to clean exterior. You can easily clean the pan using hand-washing techniques on the cooking surface and a non-abrasive sponge, soap, and water on the exterior.

We sampled comments from users who liked the pan's flat bottom, which enables cooking on flat glass top burners without damaging the burner's top or the base of the pan.

According to users of the pan, cooking foods such as cabbage and meat leaves some odor on the cooking surface. You, however, can remove the odor by adding some vinegar or lemon juice to the water you use to wash the pan.


Pros

  • Easy to clean cooking surface
  • Delivers food that is healthy and free of PTFE and PFOA toxins
  • Cooks well over flat top glass cookers without damaging them
  • Has high temperature tolerance, which means you can use it on different stoves without warping

Cons

  • Non-stick surface wears off after sometime
  • Does not support cooking over induction heaters

Cuisinel Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Grill Pan with Lid

Design:

The Cuisinel Griddle pan has a deep dark color that is common in most cast iron cookware. Both the handle and helper handle are made of cast iron. It is sold with a clear glass lid and a removable silicone gripping handle cover.

The round cooking surface on the pan measures 10.25 inches wide and comes with a flat cooking surface. It weighs 9.4 pounds and is 3 inches deep.

Materials:

The cast iron body is known for its versatile cooking support over all cooking stoves including gas, electric and glass stovetops, grills, induction cookers, and in ovens. Its lid fits perfectly over the cooking surface of the pan and seals it tightly leaving no gaps.

The accompanying silicone handle is removable and fits over the cast iron handle, thus enabling users to handle the pan even when it has been over the stove for hours.

Usability:

Pre-seasoning the pan straight from the factory enables you to use it directly straight out of its packaging without need for further seasoning. The cooking surface that delivers quick and evenly spread heat only gets better with more use.

To clean the pan, we recommend hand washing its surface with warm water and a scrubbing brush only. Keep away from the dishwasher and avoid using soap or detergent in the cleaning water.

Maintain the cast iron surface, which can easily corrode, by applying a thin layer of oil after cleaning and drying for storage.

With proper care and maintenance, this pan is meant to serve you for years. After all, your cooking experience using cast iron only get better with more usage.


Pros

  • Sold with a covering lid and silicone grip handle
  • Pre-seasoned from the factory
  • Suitable for use over gas, electric and glass stovetops, grills, induction cookers, and in ovens
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Durable
  • Supports oven use up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit together with the tempered glass lid

Cons

  • The pan is heavy
  • Without observing proper care, the pan is prone to rust

Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Grill Pan

Design:

Lodge Company has many years of experience in delivering cast iron cookware, which is evident in this solid and sturdy grill pan.

It features a dark brown color on both the interior and exterior, an ergonomic and helper handle that extend from the pan's cast iron body, and deep grill lines that run horizontally across the 10.5-inch cooking surface. Moreover, the pan weighs only 6.5 pounds and is 2.63 inches deep.

Materials:

Lodge Family pre-seasons the cast iron griddle pan before shipping, thus allowing its usage straight out of the box. Both handles extend from the body of the pan to eliminate the need for rivets.

The cast iron material is strong and can tolerate extremely high temperatures. Moreover, the thick cast iron body of the pan allows usage indoors over gas, electric, ceramic, and induction heaters. You can also use it outdoors over a coal flame or a campfire.

Usability:

We found the cooking surface on this grill pan impressively effective because it has large horizontal grill lines that are deeper as compared to other pans. As a result, cooking on it enables grease to drip from the food and leaves tantalizing grill lines. With the pan pre-seasoned from the factory, you can use it directly from the packaging when you receive it. 

The cooking surface requires maintenance and care when cleaning. Clean with mild soap or none at all. Moreover, don't forget to apply a thin layer of vegetable oil to prevent rusting on the cooking surface after you are done cooking.

The user feedback we sampled regarding this pan comprised of satisfied users who like the pan's compatibility with all common cooking stoves as well as the oven.

They also revealed that cleaning and maintaining the pan is easy. The pan also lasts for a long time when proper care and maintenance guidelines are followed.


Pros

  • Supports all common cooking stoves including induction heaters, ovens, and coal flames
  • Easy maintenance
  • Durable
  • Comes pre-seasoned from the factory

Cons

  • The handles get hot, which means that you require mints to hold them
  • Neglecting proper care can cause the pan to rust
  • Sold with no covering lid

Gourmex Toughpan Heavy Duty Induction-Ready Grill Pan

Design:

The square grill Gourmex ToughPan lives up to its name because it comes with a strong and long lasting stone-derived coating on its cooking surface. The pan has a starry shaped pattern on the cooking surface that is also lined with horizontal grill lines.

The base of the pan comes fixed with a silver magnetic base for induction heating. The pan has a shallow cooking surface that measures 1.5 inches in depth and is 11 inches wide.

Materials:

Heavy cast aluminum makes up the body of the pan and efficiently delivers quick and evenly spread heat. The non-stick cooking surface features a stone-derived coating and is reinforced with aluminum, thus giving it anti-scratch capability even after long use.

Its handle is made from stainless steel and is covered with a black silicone grip.The pan is suitable for use over all cooking stoves including induction heaters, which are supported by the magnetic base on the pan.

Usability:

Cast aluminum that is thick and sturdy tolerates high heat to enable you to bring the grilling experience indoors with this pan. The grill lines allow grease and oil to collect at the bottom of the non-stick surface, which you can clean off easily using a sponge and warm water.

We recommend following guidelines given by the manufacturer about first use of the pan by cleaning with warm water and soap, then drying the cooking surface completely.

Be careful when using the pan and do not immerse in cold water when it is still hot to ensure that the non-stick surface does not chip off.

Further, maintain the longevity of the non-stick surface by only using non-abrasive utensils made of wood or nylon. The manufacturer also warns against pouring cooking oil on the heated surface since it might spill and cause accidental burns.


Pros

  • The magnetic base allows it to support all cooking stoves including induction heaters
  • Easy to clean
  • Can be used under high temperatures without warping
  • Heats up quickly and evenly without creating hotspots

Cons

  • The non-stick surface does not support use with metal utensils
  • Sold without a covering lid
  • Shallow cooking surface

Lodge Pro Grid Reversible Cast Iron Griddle

Design:

The Lodge Family brand produced this innovative pan by combining two flat plates. One of the plates has grill lines and can be used as a grill pan while the other similar flat pan serves as a griddle.

Both pans have spacious handles that enable you to move them from the grill as well as hang them on a utensil rack in your kitchen. The cooking area on both plates measures 20 inches and 11.5 inches wide. They also weigh 14.11 pounds.

Materials:

Both skillets are made from cast iron that is pre-seasoned by the manufacturer before it is shipped. The handles extend from the edges of the pan and have enough space that gives you a good grip on the pan when transferring food from one heat source to the other or to the serving table. The grill pan and griddle can be used over cooking stoves indoors or on top of a campfire while outdoors.

Usability:

This reversible twin set combines a grill pan and a flat griddle to deliver efficient heat retention and equal heat distribution on the entire cooking surface. 

Using the pan to cook for your guests at home has a wow factor. This is because it is perfect for making eggs and sandwiches on the flat side while the grilled side delivers amazing steaks and bacon that grills in a beautiful pattern.

The slight slope allows run off grease and cooking oil to collect at the side of the pan for easy cleaning. To clean it, you will only need warm water and a stiff brush.

We advise you to avoid using soaps, detergents, and washing the pans in the dishwasher. Lodge Family has confidence in the durability of these pans. As such, it covers them with a limited lifetime warranty against any defects.


Pros

  • Performs well over all cooking stoves including induction heaters
  • Heats up quickly and evenly without creating hotspots
  • Pre-seasoned from the manufacturer
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Is durable and covered with a lifetime warranty by the manufacturer

Cons

  • Using the two pans is difficult because they are heavy
  • Sold without a carrying bag, which makes them difficult to use on the outdoors
  • The side that faces the flame during cooking loses seasoning after prolonged exposure

TECHEF Stovetop Korean BBQ Nonstick Grill Pan

Design:

The uniquely designed TECHEF Corean pan comes in a circular shape with a black colored exterior. The cooking surface has swirled-shaped grills that are deep and meet at the center.

The handles extend on opposite sides of the body and a unique draining hole is perforated at one side of the cooking surface. The cooking area measures 12 inches in diameter and is two inches deep while the total weight of the pan is two pounds.

Materials:

It features a well-designed cooking surface that comes coated with five layers of Teflon and a top starry design. A thick cast aluminum body enables quick and even heating while the handles that extend from the body enable easy movement of the pan together with its contents on the cooking surface. It is oven safe up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and safe for dishwasher cleaning.

Usability:

We like the unique pattern on its cooking surface that delivers food with grill marks similar to no other pan we have reviewed. The deep and swirl shaped grill lines enable fatty foods to cook ad drain the fats that are then collected through the drain hole. This pan is perfect for cooking low fat diets.

The five layers that coat the cooking surface ensure its durability and ensure that food cooked is free of PFOA toxins.

Users complained about the drain hole claiming that it gets too close to the flame when they are using this pan on a portable stove. This means that the draining oil ends up catching fire. To mitigate this, users have to add aluminum foil to extend the length of the draining hole and keep the run off oil away from the flame.


Pros

  • Unique design and swirl shaped grills deliver unique shape on food cooked on the pan
  • Has a draining hole that drain fat and grease from the food
  • Five layered non-stick coating delivers safe and healthy food free of toxins
  • Can be used over a variety of other gas cooking stoves apart from TechChef brandCons:

Cons

  • The draining hole is too close to the pan and causes the run off oil to catch the flame
  • The non-stick surface wears off after sometime

Cuisinart Chef's Classic Nonstick Hard Anodized Grill Pan

Design:

This round grill pan is dark in color and has a cooking surface that features straight horizontal grill lines.

The shiny ergonomic handle is dual riveted on the interior of the pan with two shiny rivets that are placed horizontally on the pan's body. The circular cooking surface is 12 inches wide and has a depth of 1 inch.

Materials:

Its body is hard-anodized to ensure it heats up quickly and evenly with no hotspots on the cooking surface. A Quantanium non-stick cooking surface, which is also reinforced with titanium, delivers easy cooking and cleaning because it allows easy food release. You can also use the pan over all cooking stoves excluding induction heaters.

Usability:

Quick release of food is enabled by the durable and titanium reinforced non-stick surface. With no possibility of food sticking on the pan's surface, you will enjoy an easy cleaning process once you are done cooking.

The grill lines on the cooking surface allow cooking oil, grease, and fats to separate from the food as it grills, thus delivering results that will inspire any cook to cook more food.

The top edge of the pan features a drip-free rim, which eliminates accidental spills when you are plating using this pan.

Most users find the easy cleaning process that follows each grilling session quite appealing. The ease in cleaning is attributable to the non-stick surface that quickly releases the cooking food.


Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • Heats up quickly and evenly with no hotspots
  • The grill lines allow dripping of fats and grease, thus enabling you to cook healthy and safe food
  • The handles stay cool to the touch even after hours of cooking on the stove

Cons

  • Sold without a covering lid
  • Does not support induction heating
  • The non-stick surface wears off after some time

Legend Reversible Cast Iron Griddle for Stovetop

Design:

The reversible set from Legend has two similar-sized flat pans. One has horizontal grill lines while the other one has a flat cooking surface that can be used as a griddle.

Both pieces have a sunken edge that runs around the edge of the cooking surface to collect grease and extra oil from the food. The pans weigh 12.7 pounds while their cooking surface is 20 inches when measured diagonally from end to end.

Materials:

Cast iron material makes up both the pans and delivers even heat distribution. The handles are extended from the pan's body, thus eliminating the need for riveting. This gives you a firm hold when moving the grill and griddle with food contents. You can use this cast iron set over all indoor stoves including an induction heater or grill with it outdoors over a campfire or a coal barbecue burner.

Usability:

The grill and griddle combination on this Legend reversible set enables the cook to deliver grilled meat and food over an intense flame using the grill as well cook softer foods such as eggs and veggies over a low flame on the flat griddle. The cast iron material is built to last and cleans easy. 

Efficient heat transfer that happens over the entire cooking surface at the same time eliminates hot spots and delivers evenly cooked food. The sunken groove at the edge of the two pieces is also efficient in collecting run off grease and extra cooking oil.

We sampled users who liked the pan for its compatibility with a number of cooking stoves. However, the raised rim around the edges prevents it from sitting squarely on flat cooking stoves.


Pros

  • The pan is durable
  • Comes with additional grove that collects grease and extra cooking oil
  • Has an easy to clean cooking surface that gets better with more use
  • Its large size fits well over two burners

Cons

  • The groove at the bottom restricts use over flat cooking tops and some induction heaters
  • Requires seasoning before use

GreenPan Valencia Pro Ceramic Nonstick Grill Pan

Design:

The GreenPan Ceramic grill pan has a round shape with two polished stainless steel handles on opposite sides of the pan's body. The cooking surface has horizontal grills that leave a smooth edge around the cooking surface.

At the bottom is a rough circular base that has a grainy pattern. The pan's cooking surface is 11 inches wide and two inches deep.

Materials:

The body of the grill pan is made of hard-anodized aluminum, thus enabling it to deliver quick and even heat. The non-stick surface is coated with ceramic coating that is free of PTFE and PFOA toxins. The base has a magneto plate that makes the pan support all common cooking stoves including induction heaters. The stainless steel handles are polished, which means that it will dissipate heat efficiently, thus allowing oven use up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit.

Usability:

The hard-anodized body that is covered with ceramic delivers quick and efficient heating with the grill lines, thus leaving beautiful patterns on the meat grilled using this pan. The magneto base allows the use of this pan over all the common cooking stoves in any home including induction heaters.

We sampled feedback from user reviews and found happy users who commend the performance of the pan over induction heaters. The non-stick surface allows quick release of food and easy clean up.

We encourage users to adhere to the guidelines by the manufacturer and keep metal utensils away from the cooking surface since they can easily scratch and spoil it. Consider using only wooden and nylon cooking spoons or spatulas when cooking with the pan.


Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • Work well on all cooking tops including induction heaters
  • Quick and even heating with no hotspots
  • Safe for use in the oven

Cons

  • Sold without a covering lid
  • Cannot be used with metal utensils
  • The non-stick surface chips off after some time

Vremi Cast Iron Nonstick Square Grilling Pan

Design:

This square cast iron pan has deep grill lines on the cooking surface that run across from edge to edge.

The pan weighs only 6.7 pounds and has a cooking surface that is 11 inches across. The pan is sold with an accompanying silicone handle cover that fits firmly on the handle.

Materials:

The cast iron body of this pan enables delivery of tasteful and healthy seared meat and grilled vegetables. Efficient and even heating happens on the cooking surface that comes pre-seasoned from the manufacturer.

A free silicon covers for the handle that extends from the body is sold together with the pan. This pan is versatile because you can use it indoors on all cooking stoves including induction heaters as well as outdoors on campfires over a naked flame.

Usability:

The ability to use this pan for grilling both indoors and outdoors is a feature that we found most appealing on the Vremi cast iron pan.

Furthermore, it comes pre-seasoned, which means that you can take it from packaging directly to the cooking stove. All you need to do is run warm water on it to remove any residual dust from the packaging.

The cast iron body requires you to maintain the seasoning as directed by the manufacturer. Firstly, wash the pan only with gentle soaps and avoid tossing in the dishwasher. Secondly, be sure to wipe the surface dry after cleaning. Lastly, apply a layer of vegetable oil to protect the surface from rust.


Pros

  • Comes pre-seasoned from the manufacturer
  • Supports use with metal, wooden, nylon, and silicone utensils
  • The non-stick surface gets better with more use when maintained correctly
  • Proper care will see the pan last for long
  • Supports all common cooking stoves including induction heaters
  • Sold with a silicone cover for the handle

Cons

  • The small cooking surface limits the amount of food you can grill
  • Neglect can cause the pan to rust

Buyers Guide - How To Pick Your Perfect Grill Pan?

When buying a grill pan, you will find many available options in the market with each boasting of providing you with the best value. Choosing what is best for you, therefore, might prove to be hard.

Ceramic grill pan placed on the table

We have compiled what we consider the best in our review above but it is evident that each pan comes with its own benefits and disadvantages.

In the buyer's guide below, we seek to answer some of the most common questions that a person looking to buy a grill pan could ask.

What is the difference between a grill pan and a frying pan?

Grill pans differ from frying pans in that they have grill lines that are etched on their cooking surface. The grills lines allow cooking oil, grease, and fats from the food to drip and separate from the food, thus delivering dry and fat-free food that has grill marks.

Frying pans, on the other hand, have flat cooking surfaces and do not separate the fats and grease from the food cooking on the cooking surface.

How do I choose a grill pan? 

Choosing a grill pan requires you to consider many options before you select the right one. The factors that come into play for instance include the number of people you intend to cook for using the pan. Some pans are bigger in size and can cook for more people as opposed to the smaller pans that can only handle small meals.

The other factor you should consider is the material used to make the pan and its weight. Cast iron pans, for instance, are heavy and capable of delivering good results. They are also viable for use on all cooking stoves and can cook both indoors and outdoors.

Cleaning and maintenance should also be considered when selecting the pan, you want to buy. The cleaning method majorly depends on the material used to make the pan. Cast iron pans, in particular, require a cleaning method that excludes soap and detergent. Maintenance also affects durability, which means that manufacturer's guidelines about maintenance should be followed keenly.

Are cast iron grill pans good?

Yes, they are. Cast iron grill pans are good because they retain heat for long once they are heated up. They are also long lasting because their cooking surface becomes better the more they are used. You can also use them on all cooking stoves both indoors and outdoors.

You, however, will require a special cleaning and maintenance process to prevent rusting. They are also heavy and difficult to move around.

How to Clean Grill Pans?

The materials that make the pan will determine the cleaning procedure you should follow. To be safe, however, always stick to the manufacturer's guidelines about cleaning.

For cast iron pans, clean with only warm water and a scrubbing pad. Avoid soap and detergents and do not clean in the dishwasher. Moreover, apply a layer of vegetable oil before storing to protect the pan from rust.

Ceramic coated and non-stick pans, on the other hand, can be hand washed using soap and non-abrasive sponges. Avoid the dishwasher to protect the cooking surface.

Are grill pans healthy?

Grill pans allow fat to ooze and separate from the food as it cooks on the pan, thereby delivering fat-free food that is good for your health. The materials used to make the pan should also be free of toxins to avoid contaminating the food.

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